Volunteer to serve meals to hungry children this summer in your city!
Sign up to help FOCUS reduce childhood hunger in Pittsburgh! We are looking for volunteers each weekday throughout the summer to assemble, deliver, and serve meals to children. Meals will be prepared at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church--all volunteers will meet at this location. Children are most welcome to volunteer but must be supervised by an adult. Volunteer all summer long to help children in need, right here in Pittsburgh!
Location: Food Preparation will take place at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 3400 Dawson St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, from 11:00-12:30. Food will then be served at the Bedford Hills Apartments, 2129 Bedford Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15219, from 1:00-2:00.
Dates: Monday through Friday, June 27 to August 19
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
FOCUS will feed 50 children lunch daily in the Pittsburgh area throughout the summer, we can do it with your help!
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Visit to learn more about Summer Feeding at FOCUS!
Over 49 million people in the United States struggle with hunger because they do not have regular access to nutritious and affordable food. 15 million of these people are children, who are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of food insecurity. Most of these children come from middle-class or working-poor families – families who struggle to make ends meet. Each month these families are faced with a difficult decision: pay the rent or buy groceries. And in this situation, paying the rent always wins — because it is easier to be hungry than homeless.
Good nutrition is vital to childhood development and is important in establishing a foundation for "future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity" (Feeding America). Child hunger increases during summer months, when students who often rely on free and reduced lunch programs suddenly find themselves missing one or two main meals a day.
This summer, through our Summer Feeding Program, FOCUS will serve 46,000 meals in eight cities across seven states. And this is just the beginning. We hope to expand this program each year to new cities and sites using our core methodology of providing high quality, nutritious meals to children when they need it the most. Of course, we can't do this without your help.
To accomplish this goal, we need you! Join FOCUS' strong network of volunteers and Orthodox parishes across the country to serve children in need this summer. FOCUS will provide all necessary program oversight, staffing, insurance coverage and all food items. We encourage you, your family, and your organization or parish to get actively involved! If you do not live in one of the cities listed below, consider bringing a group from your organization or parish to one of our target cities. Your group will help serve children during the day and then you will be free to explore the city or assist with other hands-on FOCUS projects.
Our additional meal sites are in the following cities:
- Washington, D.C.
- Phoenix, AZ
- San Gabriel, CA
- Long Beach, CA
- Fairfax County, CA
- Detroit, MI
- Columbus, OH
We hope to see you this summer!
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
3400 Dawson St.
Pittsburgh, PA, US 15213
Start and end dates:June 27-August 19
Duration:Less than 3 months
Time commitment:Occasional (weekly or monthly)
Times of day:Mornings Afternoons
Days of week:Weekdays
Extra details:Training provided
International volunteer options:International volunteers welcome